Great news! The original Pink Floyd lineup is slated to play at the Live 8 concert in July!
Well, David Gilmour (who’s dreamy guitar solos on Dark Side of the Moon confused me as a teenager) has his heart in a good place: “Like most people I want to do everything I can to persuade the G-8 leaders to make huge commitments to the relief of poverty and increased aid to the third world.’ Sincere.
But the Live 8 lineup, which was put together by Adrian Belew, has been criticized for not having any actual African people in it, which is bizarre considering this is a concert for Africa. I may be a good thing that this Floyd news captures attention for the event, but if it just becomes another starry concert (but does Pink Floyd even qualify? I wasn’t even born when Dark Side came out. Why don’t they just invite the Moody Blues?) I’m thinking the attention might be taken away from, um, poverty and hunger.